You Can Enable Research by Donating Tissue
The first steps of research in any type of cancer are done in a lab. Some of the basic materials scientists need for their research can only be created from human tumor tissue. Lack of fibrolamellar tumor tissue poses a major challenge to creating these materials and advancing fibrolamellar research. One critical way patients can help overcome this challenge is by donating tumor tissue to the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation BioBank through our Tumor Donation Program.
What is the FCF BioBank?
The Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation BioBank is a centralized repository of tumor tissue and blood samples contributed by fibrolamellar patients to help advance research. Our biobank protects and preserves these samples and makes them available to qualified researchers interested in studying fibrolamellar. A single sample sent to our biobank is typically divided and shared among several different labs to support multiple research studies. Additionally, our biobank collects clinical information from fibrolamellar patients to enable research into factors that affect treatment and outcomes.
In this video from the FCF’s September 17, 2020 Virtual Fall Gathering, Patty Cogswell discusses the FCF BioBank Program.
How to Contribute
Each fibrolamellar tumor is valuable for research, so we will make every effort to collect tissue from any hospital in the United States. However, please be aware that there are some hospitals and situations in which it will not be possible for us to obtain tissue. Currently, participation in our tissue donation program is only possible for patients who have surgery in the United States.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have further questions contact Patty Cogswell at email@example.com. To download a brief overview of the program click here (for an english version) or click here (para una versión en español).